Here is a selection of herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties. Each one comes with a brief description - click on 'More..' for more information about the medical uses, other uses and dosage.
It goes without saying that you should talk to your doctor about any serious injuries, however these herbs do have mild anti-inflammatory properties that can help your body with minor problems.
Arnica is one of those herbs that are only used externally. Its also one of the few herbs
to have gained official recognition from the medical establishment. The UK authorities recently
granted a license to the manufacturers of Arnica Gel, which is used on bruises and sprains.
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Some people think of it as a weed, whereas it reminds others of a childhood spent outside playing in the grass.
For herbologists though, Dandelion is a powerful remedy that has been registered as a drug in Canada.
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Dong Quai is another star of Chinese traditional medicine. True to the principles of Oriental herbology, it has a
balancing effect on the entire body and is more of a holistic remedy for the female body than a specific cure.
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Goldenseal was originally used by Native Americans for skin disorders, digestive complaints and even as a cancer remedy. In more
modern times, Goldenseal has gained in popularity and has been used for wound healing and many types of infection, as well as a
powerful anti-fungal agent.
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Gotu Kola is a staple of Indian Ayurvedic medicine, where it taken as a tea during meditation practices to increase
psychic sensitivity and achieve a higher state of spiritual being. It is also a tremendous natural source of vitamins and minerals,
and a useful anti-inflammatory.
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Although raspberries are consumed throughout the world, raspberry leaf is one of those herbal remedies that not many people have heard of. That's probably because it has a very narrow focus - 90% of the time it is used by pregnant women.
It does have other benefits though - as an anti-inflammatory and for ailments including stomach upsets and throat infections.
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Similar in its effects to Maitake, the Reishi mushroom is a powerful immune system booster that has been used to treat
cancer and relieve the symptoms of chemotherapy. Its Chinese name, ‘lingzhi’, literally translates to ‘herb of immortality’.
Unlike Maitake however, it also has beneficial effects on blood pressure, cholesterol and respiratory conditions. The best
thing about Reishi though, is that it has no known side effects!
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